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6 sustainable seafood choices

Broiled Mayonnoise Catfish<br>Photography by Yvonne Duivenvoorden Author: Credits: Broiled Mayonnoise Catfish<br>Photography by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

Gardening

6 sustainable seafood choices

When it comes to seafood shopping, making environmentally friendly choices can be tricky. What questions should be asked? Which types of seafood should be bought or avoided? Here's a guide that will help you choose sustainable seafood on your next grocery shopping trip. Making an informed choice is better for your family and our oceans.

Sustainable choices Why these fish? Important questions to ask
Tilapia (North American farmed) Tilapia is a highly adaptable species, which has allowed fish farmers to develop a system with low pollution and low risk of escape or disease. Tilapia are fed a mainly vegetable-based diet. Where is this fish from? Choose tilapia that has been farmed in North America.
Catfish (North American farmed) Catfish farming has developed a system with low pollution and low risk of escape or disease. Catfish are fed a mainly vegetable-based diet. Where is the fish from? Choose catfish that has been farmed in North America.
Sablefish (black cod) (Canadian Pacific Ocean) Sablefish, also known as black cod, is a long-lived wild-caught species with good sustainability based on its habitat, fertility and growth rate. More than 70 per cent of it caught in Canada are trapped, one of the more sustainable fishing practices. How was this fish caught? Choose sablefish (black cod) that has been trapped.
Herring (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic herring is a sustainable choice based on its growth rate and maturation. Fishing practices for it cause low habitat damage and have low catch rates. How was this fish caught? Choose herring that has been caught using mid-water trawl method.
Dungeness crab (Canadian Pacific Ocean) Dungeness crab fisheries have regulations to ensure a certain size and sex. Crab traps are highly selective so that few other sea creatures get caught. How was this crab caught? Choose crab that has been trap caught.
Clams (Canadian farmed) Framed clams, mussels and oysters are among the top sustainable seafood choices. Farming practices cause little disturbance to the surrounding environment, and restrictions are placed on feeding and harvesting methods. Where are these clams from? Support a local clam farmer since both coasts of Canada have many varieties of clams.


Recipes to try:
Broiled Tilapia with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Catfish Fingers with Cajun Mayonnaise
Broiled Mayonnaise Catfish
Grilled Miso-Marinated Sablefish on Baby Greens
Clams and Pasta in White Wine Sauce


This story was originally titled "Safest Catch of the Day" in the April 2007 issue.

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